Species–area relationships and biodiversity loss in fragmented landscapes

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Title: Species–area relationships and biodiversity loss in fragmented landscapes
Author(s): Chisholm, RA
Lim, F
Yeoh, YS
Seah, WW
Condit, R
Rosindell, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: To estimate species loss from habitat destruction, ecologists typically use species–area relationships, but this approach neglects the spatial pattern of habitat fragmentation. Here we provide new, easily applied, analytical methods that place upper and lower bounds on immediate species loss at any spatial scale and for any spatial pattern of habitat loss. Our formulas are expressed in terms of what we name the “Preston function”, which describes tri-phasic species¬–area relationships for contiguous regions. We apply our method to case studies of deforestation and tropical tree species loss at three different scales: a 50 ha forest plot in Panama, the tropical city-state of Singapore, and the Brazilian Amazon. Our results show that immediate species loss is somewhat insensitive to fragmentation pattern at small scales but highly sensitive at larger scales: predicted species loss in the Amazon varies by a factor of 16 across different spatial structures of habitat loss.
Editor(s): He, F
Publication Date: 3-Mar-2018
Date of Acceptance: 13-Feb-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/57454
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12065
ISSN: 1461-023X
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 27
End Page: 38
Journal / Book Title: Ecology Letters
Volume: 16
Issue: s1
Copyright Statement: © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/CNRS. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12065/abstract
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/I021179/1
Keywords: 0501 Ecological Applications
0602 Ecology
Publication Status: Published
Embargo Date: 2019-03-03
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Natural Sciences

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